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A mother, Leanne, vanishes into thin air. Her children, abandoned in her car, also go missing. As police search for clues over three gut-wrenching months, the Leanne's husband and family learn that nobody's quite what they seem. Everyone is a suspect. In the end, five days prove critical in solving the case in this five-part, five-hour thriller.]]>
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The search for the missing woman takes almost 3 months. The five days of the title refers to five separate days when crucial events occur in the investigation. It's very good on the police procedural aspect. Something you seldom find on TV is the show's spotlight on ancillary units like the police's public relations and liaison departments.
Aside from the central mystery, what I found fascinating about it was how it manages to touch on other tangential topics - multi-racial marriages, problems in stepfamilies, multi-generational families and the sorry state of British institutions today. It's nice to see a show poke fun at the many sore points ailing modern Britain - the need for absolute political correctness, the over-abundance of CCTV cameras monitoring every aspect of people's daily lives, the sorry state of policing, the much derided "Community Support Officers", ("plastic police" whose main job is to issue ASBOs - warning letters for criminals caught committing crimes), the presence of increasing numbers of foreigners, the outsourcing of government jobs (a key suspect escapes while in the custody of a private security contractor) and the dreaded NHS (National Health Service) where patients are left out in the corridors of overflowing hospitals like casualties in some Third World country.
Spread over 5 hours and 5 episodes, it remains riveting until near the end. The final episode does tend to drag at points.Read more ›
Everything you thought about any of the characters in part one gets turned on its head by episodes two and three. The seeming closeness of Leanne's family is just an illusion, and the fact that Leanne's second husband Matt is black serves as a bombshell for revealing much about the prejudice lurking behind the white picket fences of modern day suburbia.Read more ›
With a better script, this issue could have been overcome, but Five Days' characters can't carry the load; they are so poorly-developed, their actions and motivations, when not cliche, contradicting, or raggedly shifting from scene to scene like an old TR6, are often simply inexplicable.
Yet even with these glaring flaws, I opted to hang on to the end, so I can only blame myself. Halfway through the final installment the wheels came so completely off the bus I began to resent the time I'd invested in the first four episodes. A 5-plus hour show needs a worthy plot -- not necessarily James Pattersonesque twist-after-twist-after-twist into the implausible, but a neat, satisfying conclusion. Five Days (semi-spoiler-alert) merely throws a handful of main characters into a cliche fray with unrealistic dialogue all too common in TV shows where the bad guys spell out exactly what they did. Even more groan-worthy in this case is that shortly before the evil-doers conveniently have an argument to let us know what happened, the lead detective (with conjecture not seen since circa 1990 episodes of Murder She Wrote) suggests a theory of the case based upon the skimpiest of evidence that turns out to be dead on. Unfortunately, that the detective ends up being right doesn't make him look like a shrewd investigator, but a character in a show where the real mystery is: how did this thing ever get made?
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Stupid constant arguing among people during entire movie. Was the plot about disfunction!Published 1 month ago by debra
Great British drama, you won't realize that its 2am, once you sit down to watch.Published 1 month ago by Stella
It was promising, with excellent actors and film quality, so I eagerly jumped in. Like many others, I was thoroughly disappointed in the poor writing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Soderberg
I was hoping this would be like the showtime series the missing, but it failed miserably. It was boring most of the time. The characters were dull. The story line was ridiculous. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ashley Whittaker
Be aware of unnecessary foul language. I was disappointed by the "F" bombs at the end of the first episode of what could have been a good story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maggie M
This miniseries started out in a way that kept me on edge waiting to find out what will happen next. But by the 3 episode I could feel the plot slipping away. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer